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Deanna is a sociolinguist with a specialization in corpus linguistic research, including corpus analysis, design and annotation. Her doctoral dissertation made use of corpus annotation to identify listener-produced backchannels in telephone conversations. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the use of linguistic corpora to examine interactional aspects of communication that extend beyond structural models of language.


Deanna delivers courses in the Academic Communication and Undergraduate Linguistics programs within the Department of Linguistics.

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Brick, J., Wilson, N., Wong, D., & Herke, M. (2019). Academic success: a student's guide to studying at university. (Palgrave Study Skills). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.


Brick, J., Herke, M., & Wong, D. (2018). Academic Culture: A Student’s Guide to Studying at University (AEMG edition). China: AEMG, Shandong Education Press, and Macmillan Science and Education Australia Pty Ltd.

Wong, D., & Kruger, H. (2018). Yeah, yeah yeah or yeah no that's right: a multifactorial analysis of the selection of backchannel structures in British English. In V. Brezina, R. Love, & K. Aijmer (Eds.), Corpus approaches to contemporary British speech: sociolinguistic studies of the spoken BNC2014 (pp. 120). (Routledge advances in corpus linguistics; Vol. 21). London : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.


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